Zhizhong Yao joined the Life Sciences team as an Analyst in 2015 and focuses on investments in the biopharmaceutical sector. Prior to joining Sofinnova, Zhizhong carried out post-doctoral research at the French National Institute of Agricultural Research, visualizing the localization and dynamics of cytoskeletal proteins as potential new antibiotic targets. Zhizhong holds a Ph.D. in chemical biology and systems biology from Harvard University, where he developed quantitative single-cell methods to determine the mechanism of action of antibiotics as well as drug-drug/gene-drug/gene-gene interactions. He also holds a B.S. in chemistry and molecular engineering from Peking University. Zhizhong was a teaching fellow and life-science residential advisor at Harvard College. His original research and review articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as PNAS, Molecular Cell, PLoS Genetics and Annual Review of Microbiology.